During a recent meeting, Colonel Quintin Jones, Commanding Officer of the 23rd Marine Regiment in San Bruno, California, and Sheriff Christina Corpus of San Mateo County came together to explore potential partnership opportunities between the Marines and the Sheriff’s administration. The meeting was facilitated by James Brown, President of The Wine Country Marines, a Military and Veterans Non-Profit organization. With a long-standing relationship with both organizations, James proposed the collaboration to Sheriff Corpus and Colonel Jones during her recent campaign for Sheriff.
(Photo: James Brown, Asst Sheriff Ryan Monaghan, UnderSheriff Chris Hsiung, Colonel Quintin Jones, Sheriff Christina Corpus, SgtMaj Roberto Alviso)
One of the critical topics discussed during the meeting was mental health, particularly for Marines, Veterans, and Law Enforcement personnel who often experience trauma related to their professions. In addition, the group explored community support programs, youth programs, collaborative training opportunities, disaster response, family and community support, and recruitment, including joint recruiting efforts.
For example, the Marine Corps needs reservists, while the Sheriff’s Office needs deputies. Joint recruitment efforts can help new recruits feel more comfortable knowing that they have a career in law enforcement waiting for them after completing their basic training. It is worth noting that an employed Marine Reservist is typically more productive, and a well-disciplined and trained deputy can better serve the community. Additionally, having recently graduated from Marine Corps boot camp, attending the police academy may be less challenging.
Participating in the meeting were Colonel Quintin Jones, LtCol Cole Clements, SgtMaj Roberto Alviso, Major Shannon Potts, Major James Carley, Captain Andrew Downs, 1stSgt Mario Tabarracci, and GySgt Kristina Perieff from the Marine Corps, and Sheriff Christina Corpus, Undersheriff Chris Hsiung, Assistant Sheriff Ryan Monaghan, and Deputy Victor Aenlle from the Sheriff’s Office. James Brown, a Marine Veteran and President of the Wine Country Marines, was also present.
The next steps include formalizing plans and processes to establish the partnership.
Following the meeting, Colonel Jones "coined" each member of the Sheriff's Office as a sign of respect and gratitude for their unwavering commitment to the community.